The Sublette County School District No. 1
board of trustees recognized four Students of the Month at its
May 14 meeting via Zoom. Faculty, staff, parents and students
sent photographs and letters of recognition to honor each
student in the Roundup.
Pinedale Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Rebecca
Strom nominated Jaylee Williams as Student of the Month.
During the past two months, Williams “has done an outstanding
job of rising to the challenge of remote learning,” wrote Strom.
Adapting to the new normal in education is difficult for
everyone, but Williams “is just as motivated to learn and
connect with her school as ever,” Strom said.
“Jaylee has consistently impressed me and (Sherrill) Hudson
with the amount of effort she has put forth throughout the past
five weeks,” Strom added. “She independently completes
her lessons and takes the time to contact me to ensure she is
completing her work with quality in mind.”
Williams “takes all opportunities” to remain connected with
classmates through Zoom and Google Hangouts and does so
“week after week, with a positive attitude,” Strom continued.
“I commend Jaylee for the person she is both in and out of
the classroom and appreciate her dedication to learning during
these unprecedented times.”
Pinedale Middle School language arts teacher George
Vlastos honored eighth-grader Michael “Mikey” Casebolt as
Student of the Month. Casebolt is an example of determination
and he tackles challenges “with a constant, genuine grit,”
“We have watched Casebolt come to terms with the payoff
of will-power – his brain growing in real-time whether he is
sitting in class or working independently with a computer
application,” Vlastos said.
Casebolt manages his time well, keeps up with due dates
and takes the opportunity to reach out to faculty. He made
significant strides during the past school year.
“Mikey increased his comprehension of literature by six
grade levels, his comprehension of informational texts by five
grade levels and his vocabulary skills by more than three grade
levels,” Vlastos added.
Casebolt continues to focus on growth as remote learning
“Mikey has figured out that determination is the means to
arrive at the most valuable of ends – getting a good education,”
Skyline Academy paraprofessional Phillip Vrska nominated
11th-grader Amaya Greenhalgh as Student of the Month for
“During this unprecedented time, Amaya has consistently
demonstrated her drive to be successful by keeping on task
with course work, being punctual, communicating with staff
and assisting other students,” he said.
During the transition to remote learning, Greenhalgh
approached faculty with respect and “is encouraging to other
students,” Vrska added. Greenhalgh succeeds at school while
juggling a job as an essential employee outside the classroom.
“Amaya shows responsibility each day with her family,
employer, Skyline staff and school work,” Vrska wrote. “I
appreciate the maturity level at which Amaya conducts her
daily tasks with attention to detail and perseverance to push
Pinedale High School teachers Lauren White and Jennifer
Wilson honored Tatum Kunard as Student of the Month
for May. Kunard is a sophomore at PHS and is tackling the
Pinedale Middle School eighth-grader and Student of
the Month Michael ‘Mikey’ Casebolt.
challenges of remote learning head on.
“Tatum has been proactive about communicating with staff
to ensure that the work she is doing meets expectations,” White
wrote. Kunard is unafraid to ask for help and “puts in the extra
effort to make sure the product she turns in is quality work,”
During these “unprecedented times,” Kunard exhibits a
determination to learn, Wilson wrote.
“Tatum does everything with her best effort and upmost
care,” Wilson added. “Plus, she always has a smile on her
face. This has not been an easy time, but she has definitely
persevered and these qualities will serve her well in the future.
This young woman has the skill set for college and career